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“I wrote a book by accident”: an Essay by Author Susan Count

Saddle up and ride along. I’m always surprised to hear myself say, “I’m an author” because I wrote a book by accident. In fact, if anyone had told me to write a book I would have scoffed at the notion. Now there are three novels in the Dream Horse Adventures Series. I started writing in… Continue reading “I wrote a book by accident”: an Essay by Author Susan Count

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Sometimes my book reviews crack me up

Just recently, I’ve managed to put my book, Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp, into hardcover through Ingram Spark. I plan to promote it mainly to libraries, but also to bookstores across the US ($18.99 for sale through Ingram at a 55% discount, but full price on Amazon. However, the paperback is still $6.25 available… Continue reading Sometimes my book reviews crack me up

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15 Middle Grade Books About Summer Camp

Summer camp season is right around the corner. Your kids are either so excited that they’d tear through any book about the experience faster than you can stream their favorite episode of Bunk’d, or, they’re looking for more evidence before they believe that there are absolutely zero insects in Bug Juice. What better way to… Continue reading 15 Middle Grade Books About Summer Camp

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How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Even General Mills has gotten in on the leprechaun trap-making trend this year, as I noticed on my grocery store run this morning. While building these traps and leaving them overnight in the classroom on the night before St. Patrick’s Day has been a popular activity for elementary school children during the month of March for… Continue reading How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

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Q&A With Children’s Author Sally Huss

Please welcome children’s author and illustrator, the lovely Sally Huss, to the Reading Room today. Q. Thanks for joining us, Sally! I know that you write children’s picture books for all seasons and that you base many of them upon an inspirational message. I’d love to hear about what sort of theme you wrote for… Continue reading Q&A With Children’s Author Sally Huss

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Q&A With Author Michael Cascio

My guest today is a man who not only writes books for children, but juggles that currently with his busiest time of year, tax preparation season. Please welcome children’s author, Michael Cascio. Q. Hi Michael. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. Hello and thanks for having me. I am… Continue reading Q&A With Author Michael Cascio

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10 Ways to Instill the Love of Reading in Your Child

From the time my children were toddlers, every other week or more we’d go to the library and max out our cards. I’d carry a large mesh bag in and load it up with a huge stack of board books and picture books (and later chapter books and early readers and so on). We’d read… Continue reading 10 Ways to Instill the Love of Reading in Your Child

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February is Literacy Month + Free Ebook!

Welcome to February, in children’s book terms, Literacy Month. It’s also a time for celebrating several things that stave off the winter doldrums: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras. With all that in mind, what better way to celebrate than to share a few links (and… Continue reading February is Literacy Month + Free Ebook!

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World Read Aloud Day, One Skype Visit at a Time

Please welcome UK author and guest blogger Sarah Weldon today, who will be discussing her efforts at promoting child literacy around the world. Her story is a fascinating study on how one person can make such a big difference in so many lives – around the world! LITERACY MONTH AND SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM Back… Continue reading World Read Aloud Day, One Skype Visit at a Time

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Sticky Fun for Kids at the La Brea Tar Pits

Almost a year ago, I posted an interview with children’s author Barbara Ann Mojica, author of the award-winning series, Little Miss History. Her latest release was published in November of this year, and because I, personally, love using the down time during winter break to visit museums with my kids, I thought her book about… Continue reading Sticky Fun for Kids at the La Brea Tar Pits